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Monday, April 20, 2015

Destruction Imminent

Who needs a PC?

Back in the 90s, somebody once told me that I'd need a PC to play any FPS... Destruction Imminent was released in 1996 by Cunning & Devious Games for the Atari ST/e and is a first-person shooter, similar to a typical Wolfenstein clone. In fact, it's incredibly reminiscent of that era with similar gameplay styles taking place in a similar environment fighting against the hoards using a range of the familiar weaponry.

First things first, watch the intro play through. It's actually pretty cool and is accompanied by sweet music and introduces the monsters that you'll encounter. These are a scary bunch and pretty freaky too!!

Here's a couple of baddies that you will encounter like a weird rock monster!

Enter the dungeon!

From the start, the atmosphere is creepy and each level overrun by strange creatures - but not to worry because there are lots of weapons ranging from the humble pistol to the more powerful machine gun, rocket launcher and plasma rifle. The monsters are pretty sparse on the opening level and they're a bunch of oddballs if I'm honest: the Rock Monster is incredibly weird - like a crude Daroou from Dungeon Master, but one made from gingerbread! He's freaky for all the wrong reasons - just kill him and free your monitor from that pixel art.

Controls are easy: cursor keys are used for walking, CTRL fires weapons and SHIFT allows you to run away like a cowardly chicken. Also, side-stepping is featured, with the Function Keys used to flip between weapons/health. The mouse isn't supported but the wooden movement from a keyboard are responsive!

Things are getting creepy with bugs and bats. Surely, you're not scared? Come back...!!

Jerky Aesthetics?

Surely the humble 8MHz Atari ST isn't powerful enough for a first-person shooter? You need at least a 25MHz PC, right? Well, ignoring the drab user-interface, the visuals are impressive and using a fast 3D engine that won't fail to impress with texture mapping, light-sourced sprites and a decent framerate. Power without the price!

As for the audio, thankfully, this is equally impressive using sound effects and cool tunes. Everything is even better when run using the Atari STe thanks to its stereo DMA coprocessor. Colour me impressed!

Mutants? Nah, they're not scary! In fact, they look like me on a Monday morning!

The CryptO'pinion?

This game is a LOT of fun: the weapons are great and exploring demon-infested worlds is always fascinating. However, the enemies are a bit lame and the Rock Monster proves that - an angry gingerbread man! However, you can't take anything away from what is an extraordinary example of just what the Atari ST/e is capable of knocking out when in the hands of talented people who care about their product. No lame port here.

Play it on the Atari STe if you can and enjoy what is nothing short of a brilliant first-person shooter.

Destruction Imminent
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